Little to resign from Corporation Commission for job in Trump administration

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Doug Little (Photo by Rachel Leingang/ Arizona Capitol Times)

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Doug Little will resign his post after taking a job with the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.

Little, who was elected in 2014, will serve as deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental and external affairs, he told the Arizona Capitol Times.

Little’s last day at the Corporation Commission will be September 29, and he starts at the Department of Energy on October 2.

The vacancy will give Gov. Doug Ducey a second opportunity to appoint a corporation commissioner. He appointed Andy Tobin in 2015 after Susan Bitter Smith resigned over legal concerns with her outside employment. Tobin was elected in 2016 to a full term.

While the past few years at the commission have been punctuated with scandals over dark money spending and utility influence, Little said he loved the job and wasn’t leaving because of any problems with the commission.

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